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Beyond physical warmth, our coats and shoes help children feel the confidence they need to socialize and succeed, the emotional warmth that comes from knowing the community cares, and hope for a bright future.

Whether you’re a nonprofit or individual fundraising for one this Giving Tuesday, learn how to make the most out of your social media.

As everyone heads into the Fall season, Operation Warm is entering a different season of our own– coat season!

Wish List sponsorship allows us to provide coats to the kids who need your help the most.

In memory of Richard Sanford Jr., Operation Warm, together with the Cherry Creek Rotary Club hosted a giving event to provide a pair of athletic shoes to every Pre-K thru 3rd grade student at Paris Elementary in Aurora, Colorado, on Thursday, August 26th.

Our team shares some inspiring stories about the teachers who impacted their lives positively and meaningfully.

Family Foundations have been a key ally in helping meet the needs of children.

With school winding down and summer quickly approaching, we’ve compiled a list of 10 activities that you can do for free with kids to make up for a summer spent indoors last year.

As our mission expands, our goal remains the same. Through all the accomplishments and milestones we reached last year, we’re stepping up to the challenge to help even more children in need this year.

Inspiration for charitable giving is just a click away. It's never too early or too late to start giving back.

Our Warm Soles initiative is stepping up to the challenge of filling the need for shoes that inspire confidence and encourage outdoor play for so many children and families across North America.

In a year filled with more need than ever before, many of us are left wondering how we can do more, give more, and help more. Operation Warm is putting our tagline ‘More Than A Coat’ to the test and reflecting on what more really means to us.

In times of uncertainty, understanding the communities we serve at a higher level is just as critical as knowing members of those communities on a more personal basis.

Over 7,000 Columbus children from low-income families will receive brand-new, athletic style shoes courtesy of Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

There’s more than one way to carry out our mission, and we proved to ourselves that we can adapt quickly when we need to. One thing that will never change: our commitment to the kids we serve.

Seven Southern New Jersey Organizations show that the more we come together, the more impactful our efforts are during Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore.

Amid the complexities of confronting child poverty, there’s something beautifully simple—and powerful—about meeting a basic need.

Operation Warm is proud to partner with Cigna who is gifting warmth, confidence, and hope to so many children in need. Read more about Sara Quist, Director of Community Engagement at Cigna New England, and her experiences with Operation Warm.

While early help eased the initial economic impact of the pandemic, individuals and families in the United States are once again struggling to stay out of poverty.

We are in unprecedented times and we now have an even greater opportunity to see our contributions help the families that need us.

"With so much uncertainty around us, gratitude, kindness, and charity seem more important than ever."

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic which has devastated the entertainment industry, four locals and the IATSE General Executive Board led by International President Matt Loeb, are supporting A Warm Welcome to the Library this coming winter.

Since 2008, FedEx support has helped Operation Warm deliver winter coats to more than 800,000 children across the country. Read more about Rachel's experience in Global Citizenship and Corporate Responsibility and our partnership with FedEx.

While in-person events are full of smiles, music (and maybe even a happy dance or two) there is no reason that virtual events cannot be just as memorable. Here are some suggestions for keeping the memories alive!

Operation Warm’s online Wish List allows community organizations, including schools, to request coats on behalf of the low-income children and families they serve.  

With so many important causes to support, it can be difficult to choose which organizations are the best fit.  Here are five factors to consider when choosing a cause to get behind.

Operation Warm, a national nonprofit that manufactures brand-new coats for children in need, announced the promotion of Grace Sica to the role of Executive Director.

Our Community Hero spotlight features the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, now in their third year as an Operation Warm partner. With a robust COVID-19 contingency plan, Pratt is well on its way to providing brand new coats to families with eight holiday events planned for December 2020.

Amidst the landmark 19th century buildings and framed by the nearby Rocky Mountains of Colorado, is Cowell Elementary School, one of many public schools facing the new reality of the changes brought about by COVID-19.

We’ve pulled together expert advice and resources to help parents and care givers answer kids’ COVID-19 related questions.

When it comes to fundraising in the age of COVID-19, getting the most donations may depend on building relationships in your community.

We are pleased to announce our inaugural Operation Warm Warmth Awards, honoring some of our exceptional partners who will reach significant milestones in the history of our shared mission this year.

We asked professional fundraising expert Emily Croak to give you the best advice on how to encourage others to get involved in your community service program.

It is important to recognize that in the wake of modern business demands and the drastic changes due to COVID-19, employee volunteer programs need to be adapted and rebooted to meet changing needs and changing expectations.

Here are some tips and tricks to guide you to raising funds when traditional in-person events are not possible.

Operation Warm was honored to present our literacy-focused A Warm Welcome to the Library program to more than 8,500 attendees at the Public Library Association (PLA 2020) conference.

Operation Warm’s skilled volunteers are an important part of our mission. They contribute to coat design, data entry and analysis, logistics, marketing projects and more.

Here are some ready-made messages you can use to uplift a frontline worker. They are sure to appreciate the support.

Digital-printmaker Phil Shaw creates a COVID short story using books.

Giving back while staying at home has never been so easy or so timely. Just click on each link to explore the right at-home volunteer opportunity for you.

The Covid-19 crisis is shining new light on the impressive work that foundations do to help families most at risk.

We are in unprecedented times and we now have an even greater opportunity to see our contributions help the families that need us.

Rotary’s long-time motto “Service Above Self” has been proven over and over during our current national emergency. Many of our Rotary club partners have quickly mobilized action plans in their communities to serve those in need.

We often think of New Jersey as a land of Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and The Jersey Shore, but one of the best things about the State of New Jersey is its sense of family, community and support. And nothing may illustrate these qualities more than Better Education for Kids (B4K), a nonprofit organization that brings together multiple sources to support the children and families of New Jersey.

At Operation Warm, we are deeply committed to the communities we serve, and we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic affects not only our own team, partners, and supporters but also the very communities we serve.

Mountain America Credit Union employee volunteers provided warmth, confidence and hope through brand new coats to kids in Salt Lake City.

Thanks to generous people like you all across North America, more than 415,000 brand new coats were gifted to those in need.

Thank you for your generous support of children in need. Without you, Operation Warm would not be able to continue working toward our shared goal of keeping children warm.

FedEx employee volunteers provided warmth, confidence and hope through brand new coats to kids in Salt Lake City.

Our Impact

  • Years of Service


  • New Shoes Gifted


  • New Coats Gifted


  • Communities Served


  • IGS Energy
  • Rite Aid
  • Exelon
  • Money Mart
  • Elks National Foundation, Inc.
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Pat's Coats for Kids
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Unique
  • Lazard
  • Wells Fargo
  • Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation
  • Benjamin Moore
  • FedEx
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  • Delilah Home
  • Thomas
  • Rotary District 600
  • Mountain America
    Mountain America
  • The Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates
  • TJX
  • bpx energy
  • Delta
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • IAFF Local 2068 Fairfax County
  • Nordstrom
  • EQT
  • AccuWeather
  • Operation North Pole
  • Rock 99.9 KISW
  • Scott Spino Foundation
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